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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Anna Frohn Pedersen

Doctoral Researcher
Telecouplings between sustainable mining and land change in Africa


  • Mining as a land use
  • Discourses of social sustainability
  • Telecoupling as a methodological and analytical framework


"Being at IRI THESys gives me an opportunity to contribute to a field of research that is not only interesting but also matters a great deal, in a world that remains far from sustainable." Anna Frohn Pedersen

Anna Frohn Pedersen is a PhD student at IRI THESys since July 2018. She holds a Master of Science in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen and a Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester.

Her research project is part of the ITN programme COUPLED. It is supervised by Prof. Dr. Jonas Østergaard Nielsen and explores telecouplings between sustainable mining and land use changes in Africa. More specifically, it focusses on how mining can be considered a sustainable land use, and how discourses of sustainability travel across geographical distances and impact local land changes in mining regions. Anna's project will take its point of departure in Tanzania, employing ethnographic fieldwork, and engaging qualitative methods. It will find its theoretical inspiration mainly from the fields of anthropology and human geography.

Selected Publications

Andersen, Astrid Oberborbeck; Bruun, Thilde Bech; Fenger, Milja; Egay, Kelvin; Klee, Simone; Frohn Pedersen, Anna; Lund Pedersen, Lærke; Suárez Villanueva, Victor. 2016. Negotiating development narratives within large-scale oil palm projects on village lands in Sarawak, Malaysia. Geographical Journal. 182 (4): 364–374. Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geoj.12181/abstract, 25, 1-41. doi: 10.1080/23308249.2016.1209160. 

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